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Obama's drones
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Peninsula readers' letters: March 02

From Daily News Group readers

Posted:   03/01/2013 06:23:02 PM PST

March 2, 2013 6:44 AM GMTUpdated:   03/01/2013 10:44:31 PM PST

Obama's drones

Dear Editor: Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs recently revealed he was initially instructed to deny the existence of the Obama administration's targeted killing program overseas. Even though the administration has since backed down from that stance, it continues to stonewall members on releasing the Justice Department memos explaining the program's legal rationale.

The administration's position was initially that it couldn't even acknowledge there was in fact a targeted killing program. Now its position has shifted slightly and it is saying it can't acknowledge that the CIA has a role in the targeted killing program.

That kind of argument is really beneath our system. And it's certainly true that the Obama administration has continued many of the Bush administration's most controversial and problematic national security policies and, in some instances, expanded those policies.

Said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul: "We're talking about someone eating at a cafe in Boston or in New York, and a Hellfire missile comes raining in on them. There should be an easy answer from the administration on this. They should say, 'Absolutely no, we will not kill Americans in America without an accusation, a trial and a jury.' "

Ted Rudow III,

Palo Alto

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